If I was the ‘You’ that they are writing about, I’d be pretty scared. NAILS have been creating some of the most hard hitting music that hasn’t diminished over their previous two albums, Unsilent Death and Abandon All Life. This trend of an all out assault has carried over into their latest LP, You Will Never Be One Of Us (YWNBOOU) which gives us that familiar NAILS sound but turned up to 11. Something new that NAILS had done this time around was that they filmed a mini documentary around their time creating and recording the album with their own thoughts on the record, their influences and what it takes to create such a visceral album.
I think one of my favourite quotes that I took from the videos was something like, “Damn let’s just listen to this 11 minute song to get to that one minute hard ass riff. All we do is write that hard ass riff.” And that is exactly what they did: they managed to blend breakdowns, solos and some of the most devastating riffs in a way that sounds so natural I don’t know how I can listen to some of my favourite bands without thinking, “Nails did it better”.
The opening track/title track You Will Never Be One Of Us takes off like a bullet from a gun and throws us straight into what you will be expecting throughout the album. A minute and a half that is just a big fuck you to fake people and people who are in the scene for the wrong reasons. Blast beats and a double bass that screams just as loud as the vocals.
“Our new record has some new twists and turns that are built off the foundation we laid with our previous albums, as well as a lot of familiarity that you’ve come to expect from NAILS. You Will Never Be One Of Us is for us, for our fans, and for anybody else who feels disgusted and fed-up with social-climbing impostors, trying to leech off of anything they’ve ever dedicated themselves to. I can say with 110% certainty: We will not let you down.” – Todd Jones.
Speaking of vocals, in my opinion this is my favourite sound that Todd Jones has had over the previous albums. Unsilent Death was very low and more guttural, while Abandon All Life was higher pitched and more abrasive. YWNBOOU blends these two sounds together along with a heavy punk and metal influence that just sounds so right.
One of the top songs in my opinion is Made to Make You Fall, which is also one of the shortest song on the record clocking in at 55 seconds. How they packed in those guitar solos and the breakdown at the start is beyond me, but I thank them for it as it brings me back to a time when Slayer played in my room 24/7 and I’ll be dreaming about that intro for nights to come.